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DrupalCon Portland 2013: Day 0

I love technical conferences. In 2008 I had the opportunity to attend IBM IMPACT. I assisted in building the booth for my company, but I love attending the sessions the most of all. It was a amazing experience. Since then, the only professional conference I attended was a web-only cloud conference in 2010. It was a disappointing experience and left me feeling like I had wasted the company's time. If I were in person, however, it might have been more interesting. Then, I learned about the Minneapolis DrupalCamp.

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State of OSN5 for May 12th, 2013

Since the news that I will be attending Drupalcon stuck over a week ago, I've lost the thread of what's going on with OSNews 5. Every night since then has been spent either in abject exhaustion, or in a frenzy of worry and anticipation. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this happened. It is, however, frustrating and the interruption a terrible detriment to my productivity.

So where *are* we with OSN5?

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The New Laptop Game

Lately I've been craving buying a new laptop. Work provides me with one, but I've been craving something smaller, lighter, and something of my own. At the moment, there's little chance I will actually act on this craving. There are a lot of bills and other concerns since I bought a house back in October. Instead, it's more of an enjoyable exercise in speculative consumerism.

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Long Week

7am conference call. My track record with these has been less than great. My direct manager usually fills me in on these, but this time I set an alarm.

Work has been cleaning house this week. They've laid off a large number of people, to the extent that a long time employee called it "the harshest since 2002". Being a remote employee, it's easy to just miss events such as this. Immediately, I started having flashbacks to 2009 when my then employer cut everyone's pay by 20%, and started laying everyone off left and right. This was shortly before being acquired.

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Null Editors and OSN Import 2

For the last year, I've been working on writing import code for OSNews.com. It's been a lengthy process due to the fact that I'm doing this when I can spare the time. Some weeks there's furious development, others none at all. Some months ago I had the first complete version of the import code working. It was a completely custom module, relying only on core APIs to get the job done. I knew that the Migrate module existed, and provided a lauded framework for importing content into Drupal.

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The Road to deninet 7: What Does and Doesn't Work

It's been a very tiring few weeks for me. Originally I wanted to put this post up within days of the new version of the site going live, but things didn't quite work out that way. I've been under two concurrent deadlines at work, both of which only resolved late last week. The Monday before that, a drain pipe in my basement collapsed, resulting in a very late night of cleanup and worry. We managed to sort that out within 24 hours, but it cost some $560 to repair. The weekend prior to that I was already in the process of rewriting import code for OSNews.com.

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"Star Trek: Destiny" Review

It goes without saying that I love Star Trek. I 'll proudly say that I 've watched every movie, every episode, of every series. Yes, even Voyager, although by the end I felt I was doing so on principle. I 've read a couple of Star Trek novels in my youth, but they were never a big part of my fandom.

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For the last year I've been working on writing import code for the OSNews website into Drupal 7. It actually wasn't such long task as it might sound. I'm working on this project gratis, and spending my limited free time in order to make it happen. If I someone had hired me to do this, I might have gotten this done inside of a month. 

The project has gone in fits and starts for the entire year since I agreed to work on it. Some days I would just have no time, or no energy, or the requirements of work or home life were simply too demanding to set my mind to coding.

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The Joys of Homeownership

I spent most of the day conducting a cellophane gamble. Will weather sealing the windows in my house actually keep the place warmer?

The house was built in 1915. It's been remodeled and updated and modified so many times since, that I'm unsure just what in the house is original, and what isn't. It's a lovely place, with a distinct personality that instantly drew me to it as soon as I saw the pictures back in June. We only just closed the sale two weeks ago and finally moved in a week ago. 


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